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Teacher Assistant Courses in Melbourne Victoria

Australia’s most popular teacher assistant courses in Victoria

Australia’s Most Popular Teacher Assistant Courses in Melbourne Victoria


Research-based, best practice teacher aide courses


Australia’s most popular teacher’s aide courses are now available by distance or online learning in Melbourne (and most of Victoria) from the leader in teacher aide training. Enrol in the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support to begin your career in a mainstream classroom. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is also a popular choice especially for those seeking to work with special needs students. The Teacher Aide Combo is our most popular offering in Victoria as it saves over $1500 when compared to completing two separate courses and takes not much more time than a single qualification.


Our research-based, best practice teacher assistant courses will give you the skills, techniques, knowledge, strategies, and experience to become an essential and invaluable member of any one of Victoria’s many schools.

Please click on the link below for current information about any of our nationally recognised teacher assistant courses offered in Victoria:

Teacher Assistant Courses in Victoria

In this article we briefly examine and answer many of the questions that we get about studying and working as a teacher assistant in the greater Melbourne area and across Victoria. We look at your options for studying a teacher assistant course in Victoria, which qualifications schools want you to have, how to find work in Victoria as a teacher assistant or integration aide (as they are commonly called), and what you can expect in terms of your roles, responsibilities and day to day tasks as a teacher assistant in Victoria.


Here is a quick summary of what we think you should know about studying and working as a teacher aide in Victoria:

  1. To become a teacher assistant in Victoria you will first need to complete a reputable teacher aide course.
  2. When considering an online course, look for a provider who offers live webinars and a raft of resources such as online lectures, videos and e-books.
  3. Most teacher aides begin their career by first working causal positions in schools – what is known as relief work.
  4. The Teacher Aide Combo is our flagship program as it saves money and time while making you highly employable.
  5. The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is the course preferred by most schools in Victoria as it’s the highest qualification available.
  6. The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support was originally the main course for teacher assistants in Victoria – now it is the CHC40213.
  7. No two courses are the same – ensure your provider teaches a range of best practice teaching strategies such as metacognitive skills.
  8. All students are required to complete a 100-hour placement which can be completed in a local Victorian school.
  9. With more than 2,250 schools in Victoria, there are plenty of opportunities for well-qualified teacher assistants with the right training and personality.
  10. To become a teacher assistant in Victoria, you will need to learn strategies such as scaffolding, graphic organisers, formative assessment and feedback skills.
Teacher assistant engaging with a group of students in a classroom environment.

Could this be you soon? Our teacher assistant courses teach best practice strategies such as small-group work, questioning skills and formative evaluation.


We don’t want to see you go, however these detailed articles written by our expert trainers may also make for an interesting read:

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support:

Victoria’s introductory teacher assistant course

Smiling teacher assistant graduate from FTTA after completing the teacher aide combo.

Another happy graduate from FTTA’s Teacher Aide Combo. This is the ‘reading corner’ where a reading program is delivered to help develop reading skills.


We begin our dive into the three teacher assistant courses available in Victoria by first examining the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support. The majority of teacher assistants in Victoria hold this qualification – it is the most popular course for those beginning their career in the education sector. Developed mainly for teacher assistants who work under the supervision of a registered teacher in a mainstream classroom, the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is a solid and reputable qualification to hold. It will enable you to apply for positions in schools and will help you make the leap into your new, stable and rewarding career as a teacher assistant in Victoria. The topics that you will study in your course can be loosely categorised into 4 parts:

  • Basic and introductory teaching and learning strategies to that will help you to contribute to students’ learning and development. Strategies include:
    • questioning skills,
    • feedback skills,
    • play based learning,
    • worked examples,
    • explicit instruction,
    • scaffolding and modelling,
    • reading strategies,
    • writing strategies, and
    • many others.
  • Disabilities and disorders: the basics of working with students with a range of special needs including students with (diagnosed and undiagnosed):
    • Autism (ASD),
    • ADHD,
    • processing disorders,
    • learning disorders,
    • mental health issues,
    • hearing and visual impairment,
    • Dysgraphia,
    • Dyslexia,
    • and many others.
  • Basic and introductory behaviour management processes, techniques and approaches for working in mainstream classrooms such as:
    • proximity and scanning,
    • using voice and tone,
    • low key responses,
    • natural consequences,
    • legal implications,
    • Individual Behaviour Plans (IBPs),
    • classroom systems and routines,
    • root causes of behaviour,
    • Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs,
    • off-task behaviour, and
    • motivation strategies.
  • A range of professional skills to support the efficient operation of the classroom or centre such as:
    • cleaning and sanitising,
    • sorting, storing, stocktake, preparing and placing equipment,
    • reporting procedures (i.e. suspected neglect),
    • following procedures, policies and regulations,
    • working with parents, colleagues and your teacher,
    • work health and safety,
    • working with people from diverse backgrounds,
    • various logistical tasks and practices,
    • ethical, moral and value considerations such as the ‘hidden curriculum’,
    • working with the Australian Curriculum, and
    • mastering daily routines so you become an essential part of the classroom’s operation.

The categories above and the content within each are specific to the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support at FTTA. Our teacher assistant courses including those available in Victoria by online study, are practical, research-based, best practice programs that we have developed ‘in-house.’ In other words, you will not learn many of these skills with other providers.

CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support:

Victoria’s special need’s teacher assistant course

Teacher assistant working in a busy school environment.

The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support qualifies you to work in almost any school in Victoria as a teacher assistant or integration aide.


Designed for those who intend on working with special needs or for anyone who simply wants to hold the highest-level teacher assistant course in Victoria – the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is a popular option. Now that there is no requirement to complete the introductory teacher assistant course (CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support), you can go straight into this higher-level course. In fact, this education support course is much more popular with FTTA students in Victoria than the lower level course.


The CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support enables you to work in all of Victoria’s schools including mainstream and special need’s school. You will learn the basic and advanced teaching and learning strategies, behaviour management techniques, and operational methods and processes required of teacher aides at this level (who work with a higher degree of responsibility and independence). The key goal of the CHC30213 Certificate IV in Education Support is to develop teacher assistants capable of delivering a high level of support services to students in Victoria who have a range of complex needs including learning disorders and physical disabilities.

Teacher Aide Combo:

Victoria’s best value teacher assistant course

Nowhere else will you see better value for money than with FTTA’s unique Teacher Aide Combo. For not much more than a single qualification, and with interest free payment plans, you can enrol in Victoria’s most popular teacher assistant course: FTTA’s Teacher Aide Combo. This streamlined program is our most highly rated offering as it supercharges your resume and makes your services very attractive to potential employers.


Our students in Victoria study this teacher assistant course via supported online learning. You will learn all the basics of working as a teacher assistant in Victoria including behaviour management skills, teaching and learning strategies, working with special needs, and methods and processes for supporting the operational needs of the classroom. You will also learn how to apply these skills to working with students with complex needs and learn a raft of more advanced strategies and techniques to boost your toolbox of services and options for when working in any of Victoria’s many schools. Finally, you will study regulations, laws and polices relevant to your work as a teacher assistant in Victoria.

Which teacher assistant course is best for me in Victoria?

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support, CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support or the Teacher Aide Combo?

This is one of the more common questions that we get from students enquiring about a teacher assistant course in Victoria. We first and foremost recommend either the Teacher Aide Combo to give your resume maximum firepower, or secondly the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support so you are prepared and qualified to work in practically every education support position available in the Victorian school system. These two programs are our most popular offerings in Victoria and most students choose one of these two options.


The CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is an option if you are concerned that the higher-level courses may be beyond you at this point in time. This is a point worth considering if you are new to learning English or have a learning disorder of some kind that will impact on your teacher assistant course with FTTA. While we recommend the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support to some students, typically most schools prefer the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support so that you are qualified and skilled to work with students with a range of disabilities and disorders.

Studying an online teacher assistant course in Victoria

Thanks to modern technology and FTTA’s bespoke learner management system, students can now enrol in Australia’s most popular research-based, best practice teacher assistant courses by online or distance mode from Melbourne and anywhere in Victoria. Online or distance mode means you can study when you want, for as long as you want, as often as you want. Our online teacher assistant courses give residents of Victoria access to Australia’s best education support courses at the touch your fingertips, when and where it suits you.


We don’t just give you a stack of ‘resources’ and pretend we are delivering an ‘online’ course. We are the benchmark provider that others try to emulate. Developed by expert andragologists (a person who is an expert in adult teaching methods and strategies) who work to the research-based principles of adult learning, our online courses provided a flexible yet structured adult-orientated virtual environment for you to develop your skills and knowledge. As our system is designed and build in-house, only FTTA’s students have access this this world class facility.

Work placement in Victoria

Teacher assistant in classroom with numeracy activities.

An FTTA student on placement showing us one of the numeracy activities she has been implementing. Only at FTTA will you learn industry best practice teaching and learning strategies.


All teacher assistant courses in Australia, regardless of the provider, require a 100-hour placement in a local school. This includes both the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support and the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support. Students typically complete this requirement in a local Victorian school close to where they live.


Most students ask friends and family (or other connections) who work in a school if they can complete the placement in that location. This is the preferred method for selecting a school as it means you have existing relationships that can be beneficial for your learning and professional development. We can also assist, however, as we organise many placements students may not be placed in their ideal school.


All of our nationally recognised teacher assistant courses require the 100-hours to be completed in a registered Victorian school (cannot be a childcare centre or other facility that does not use the Australian Curriculum Framework). The placement can be completed in blocks of time (straight), 1 day per week, or anywhere in between such as 3-4 days per week. The most common way to complete the placement is to attend the school 3 days per week. This approach gives students sufficient exposure each week while providing experience over a period of time to solidify and consolidate new knowledge and skills.


The purpose of the placement is to observe, implement, practice, make mistakes, reflect and hopefully perfect (or as close as possible) the techniques and strategies that you have studied so far in your course (the theory component). For example, students learn about teaching strategies such as best practice one-on-one instructional techniques. When on placement, you have many opportunities to practice and perfect your one-on-one instructional practice knowing that the teacher is available to help you remediate any issues or problems that happen along the way – we all make mistakes after all!

The key goal of the CHC30213 Certificate IV in Education Support is to develop teacher assistants capable of delivering a high level of support services to students in Victoria who have a range of complex needs including learning disorders and physical disabilities.

Steps to becoming a teacher assistant in Victoria

We have written a detailed guide on how to become a teacher assistant which you can read here. If you want to shorthand version, this is what we advise our students (and with a high success rate over many years I might add):

  1. Your first step is to set SMART goals, so you have a clear idea of your direction:
    1. What do you want to achieve?
    2. Where do you want to work (ideally)?
    3. Where do you not want to work?
    4. When do you want to have you course done by?
    5. How much study can you do each week (consistently each week)?
    6. Additional Question: Is this really what you want to do?
  2. Your second step is to research and learn everything that you can:
    1. read our blogs,
    2. watch our videos,
    3. hunt around on Google – check out your options,
    4. ask us questions by contacting our office, and
    5. re-evaluate your goals from step 1 above
  3. Make the Yes/No call and enrol or consider other career pathways. We get lots of students saying they ‘though about it’ for years and wish they had acted sooner.
  4. Complete your course:
    1. Obtain your clearances to work with children.
    2. Learn best practice, research-based strategies and techniques.
    3. Complete your placement.
  5. Start looking for work in any of your preferred Victorian Schools (or NSW if you live near the border). Prepare for this task by:
    1. preparing your resume,
    2. writing an intro letter,
    3. have your ID and clearance available,
    4. make ‘packs’ of the above for distribution,
    5. identify when you will be available and how far you want to travel,
    6. list and print all schools that fit your criteria, and
    7. visit all schools in person and ask to be put on their relief list (do not do this after 2:30 in the afternoon or late on a Friday, or early Monday).
  6. Contact all of these preferred schools on a regular basis (every few weeks)
  7. Expand your list every 2 weeks or so (add an extra 3-5 schools).
  8. Apply for jobs online such as:
    1. the Department of Education and Training website,
    2. SEEK (search terms such as integration aide or teacher assistant), and
    3. Independent Schools Victoria.

Teacher assistant jobs in Melbourne, Victoria and other areas

With more than 2254 schools (give or take) and about a million students state-wide, there is certainly a raft of opportunities available to teacher assistants in Victoria. This is especially the case for those who have completed a reputable teacher assistant course in Victoria and has therefore mastered many of the key techniques and skills demanded of teacher assistants by Victorian schools. The independent sector alone has 7000 support staff while only representing 15% of total student enrolments.


There are a range of options available to anyone who has completed a nationally recognised, best practice, research-based teacher aide course with FTTA. This includes:

For more detailed information and to search for schools in your local area, visit the government’s online search application here.

Tips for choosing a teacher assistant course provider in Victoria

Future teacher aides studying.

Choose your provider carefully as your career depends on it! Ensure your trainer visits you in the workplace as this is vital for your professional development.


Choosing a provider in order to enrol in a teacher assistant course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support or the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is not easy. There are more than a few options and students generally find it hard to tell the difference between providers. Here are some question you can ask the provider before enrolling to ensure that you get the best training possible (which equates to a higher chance of being offered work):

  1. Curriculum. The provider should develop their own curriculum resources including learner guides. This is a sign of a high-quality provider with internal expertise as opposed to a provider who simply has a nice website.
  2. Placement. The provider should visit all students while they are on placement. The trainer will observe you and help you to prefect your practice which is essential for your future professional development and career.
  3. Contact. Can you speak with a trainer when you need it – call and ask! Some providers only offer email support and you could wait weeks for a reply – delaying your completion and causing stress and frustration.
  4. Support. Does the provider offer live webinars? Do you get a good feeling about the provider?
  5. Management.Is the RTO run by a (former or registered) teacher? Some providers are managed by people who have never stepped foot in a school since they were in high school – this is not the provider you want to enrol with.

As you can see, providers are not all the same – no more than two cars are the same. You have many options and it is therefore crucial that you ask questions and do your research – your career depends on it!

Top 4 FAQs: Teacher Assistant Courses in Victoria

How do I become a teacher assistant in Victoria?

The become a teacher assistant or integration aide in Victoria you will need to complete a course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support in order to learn all of the essential teaching strategies, behaviour management techniques, basics of supporting students with disabilities and disorders, and methods for assisting with the operational needs of the classroom.

How much are teacher assistants paid in Victoria?

Teacher assistants in Victoria are paid various amounts depending on their experience, qualification, location, the position, and whether the school is government or non-government. On average, teacher assistants can expect to earn around $30 per hour after a few years of experience. Teacher assistants who work in special need’s schools are generally paid a higher salary.

What qualifications do I need to be an integration aide?

To become an integration aide in Victoria you will need to first complete a reputable teacher assistant course such as the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support. The higher level CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support is recommended for those who intend on working with students with disabilities or disorders either in inclusive mainstream classrooms or in special need’s school.

How long does it take to complete a CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support?

The duration of the CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is 26 weeks for the average adult learner who has experience with children. Someone with no experience may take up to 12 months. Experience school staff may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Note the 100-hour work placement requirement which applies to all students.

Summary

Who would have thought that enrolling in a teacher assistant course from Victoria would lead to so many questions! We have discussed and examined the main points and questions that we think you should know about before enrolling in the Teacher Aide Combo, the CHC40123 Certificate IV in Education Support, or the introductory CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support. Your job is to now think about who you will enrol with, which course suits your career goals and learning needs, which school(s) you want to work at, how often you want to work, and whether working as a teacher assistant in one of Victoria’s primary schools, high schools or special need’s schools is the right choice for you.


To enquire further about how we can help you to become a teacher assistant by studying an education support course from Victoria, please refer to any one of our detailed blogs or contact our friendly student advisers.


Happy training!


About the author

Image of the managing director of FTTA.

ADAM GREEN

Adam Green is an advisor to government, a registered teacher, an instructional designer and a #1 best selling author. He is completing a Doctor of Education and was previously head of department for one of the country’s largest SAER (students at educational risk) schools. Adam is managing director of FTTA, an accredited training provider for thousands of teacher aides every year.

Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to check his article for accuracy, information may be outdated, inaccurate or not relevant to you and your location/employer/contract. It is not intended as legal or professional advice. Users should seek expert advice such as by contacting the relevant education department, should make their own enquiries, and should not rely on any of the information provided.

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